Guns And Dogs origins: Shootings

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By now many of you are aware that my upcoming Young adult novel, Guns And Dogs, which will be released worldwide on June 21. But many of you are probably curious as to how I arrived at writing this book. What was I thinking when I started crafting the outline in 2014?

I would have to say that school shootings takes up a huge chunk of the plot. I don’t have to explain what a national crisis shootings have been. From random violence against individuals to school shootings, and now the tragic nightclub shooting in Orlando all have a place in Guns And Dogs.

Instead of taking a side on gun control, I’ve written a realistic story and allowed the reader to make up their own mind. I personally don’t care much for them, but being preachy about guns would defeat the purpose of writing. A writer must lay out a story and let the reader decide for themselves. That is the definition of freedom.

So with all these tragic shootings that are destroying the fabric of our society, what can we do to stop the violence? That is the question put forth in Guns And Dogs. And that is the question every reader must decide for themselves.





Excerpt from Guns And Dogs

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Awhile back I promised to publish an excerpt from Guns And Dogs, my upcoming Young Adult novel that will be published worldwide on June 21st.

So here it is. The first chapter. Hope everyone enjoys.

Chapter 1

Tucson, Arizona

Present Day

Bloodboy hated high school.
It wasn’t the acrimonious stares he endured in the hallways, nor the shoves in the back he received when he was trying to open his locker in the hallway, although those were definitely part of the problem. No. It was much more than that. It was the uphill battle he faced just to be accepted. He didn’t give a flying fart if his teachers liked him or not, they could all go to hell as far as he was concerned. It was the other kids who hated him. Just cause he was different.
His only friend was Frank Dooley, whom Bloodboy called by his hacker name “Diablo.” Diablo, like Bloodboy, dressed in black. They called themselves the “Black Brothers,” even though they weren’t related. But most of the kids, the jocks especially, called them the “Butt Brothers.” Bloodboy wished there weren’t so many of them, then, maybe, he could sucker punch one of them and exact his revenge, especially for the locker room beat-downs he’d endured after gym class.
Was it fair? Course not. His parents had drilled that into him since he could remember. But he and Diablo would get even. Yes. They would both show these high school pricks what pain was all about.
Diablo’s father kept a gun up in the attic, an old M1903 Sniper Rifle that his great-uncle had used during World War II. But it was just one gun. Between the two of them, there was only so much damage one gun could inflict.
One day, after school in a secluded corner of McDonalds, using various code words to mask their proposed transgression, they had discussed their plan to get even with their schoolmates. It was then that a strange man calling himself Grendis had approached them. Bloodboy whispered into Diablo’s ear, warning his friend to be on guard, that the newcomer could be a plainclothes cop who had overheard their conversation and was trying to entrap them. Despite their precautionary measures of speaking, it was possible they had been discovered. They ignored him at first but he stood there. Both boys told him to get lost but Grendis remained. He then placed a small briefcase on top of their table and told them to open it outside the restaurant. Grendis also placed a business card on the table, and told them to call him in case they needed anything else. At first, both boys scoffed at Grendis’ offer, but the man just stood there and smiled at them both. Grendis’ eyes looked confident but there was still something odd about him that he just couldn’t put his finger on. Diablo knew Blood would need more convincing, but he decided to take a chance.
It seemed too good to be true. But after Grendis had left they’d inspected the contents of the briefcase in Diablo’s car and found two TEC-9s and four hand grenades. Along with a tablet filled with notes and diagrams explaining how to inflict maximum damage in public places.
“You still think he’s a cop, Blood?” Diablo asked.
Bloodboy stared at the instruments of destruction Grendis had gifted them. He thought hard and pushed away his doubt before smirking. “No, But I do think he could help fix all our problems.”

Guns And Dogs release date confirmed

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Ok everyone, the time has come for the big news, so here it is. Guns And Dogs, my upcoming Young Adult novel is being released on June 21st. This is a soft release date, meaning it could be ready for sale on or around June 21st depending on how soon Amazon can get the sales page up on their site.

Can’t tell you what a relief it is to have completed this project. I appreciate everyone’s patience and I do plan on posting some sample pages of Guns And Dogs in the coming weeks before its release.

Click HERE to learn more about Guns And Dogs.

Guns And Dogs release information

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Now that my formatter is working on the final edition of Guns And Dogs, it’s only a matter of time before a release date will be set.

I am hoping for mid to late June. This will be in time for the opening week of Summer 2016.

More information will be released in the coming week.

Click HERE to learn more about Guns And Dogs, my upcoming YA novel.

GUNS AND DOGS editing update

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I’ve begun the next round of beta-editing, which means the release date for GUNS AND DOGS has been pushed back to early May. I would rather wait a bit longer before putting it out than release a book that wasn’t up to my level of standards. Editing is a thankless job as everyone already knows. But Writers who don’t work to get the best out of their novels before publication are only setting themselves, and their readers, up for a bittersweet experience, and that’s not what I want. Is it ready to be released to the general public? Yes. But, is it the best book possible for readers at this point? My answer to that is an honest “probably not.”

GUNS AND DOGS sample in the works

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I’ve been toying with this idea for quite some time but I will post a sample of GUNS AND DOGS on this blog once I have completed all the editing. It’s shaping up to be an even better book with all the beta-reading feedback.

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

New YA novel set for 2015 release

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Back in August I ran a poll to see what type of book all my fans and friends wanted me to write next and the overwhelming response was a YA novel.

So after I take my break I’ll be starting up the word processor in January to begin writing a new YA book called Guns And Dogs. A YA thriller set in the near future, it will feature a High School Senior facing a life crisis, a pair of troubled teens with a fascination for guns, plus, you guessed it, Dogs.

More information as it becomes available.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and novellas. Please be sure to follow him on, where he blogs 4-5 times a week about writing, self-publishing, and sales & marketing, or just plain nonsense. Please subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. He will be grateful and dance on his hands if you do.